The Goddess of Knowledge
A beautiful woman, having four hands, standing on a big lotus, and is accompanied by a swan and a peacock are a little bit appearances of Saraswati. Who is she? Balinese sometimes call her The Goddess of Knowledge and she is given homage every 210 days by special ceremony and various offerings. She is the eternal consort of Brahma (the creator)
The Goddes Saraswati has four hands. Each hand holds respectively Genitri, Keropak, Wina, and Lotus. Genitri is something like rosary beads. This is a symbol of neverending knowledge. Knowledge will never be destroyed all around the age, knowledge is everlasting. That is why it is symbolized by Genitri; when we count it we will never find the end of it. It is similar with knowledge that has no end.
The second hand of Saraswati holds a lontar. Lontar symbolizes the place in which the knowledge is saved. Lontar is palm leaves manuscript. Long time ago, Balinese did not write on a piece of paper. They wrote on a piece of palm leaf by using Pengrupak (a special knife for writing on palm leaves). It has sharp-pointed back part which is used to write on the palm leaf)
The third hand of Her holds Wina. Wina is similar to guitar. This symbolizes that knowledge is an art. Moreover, Knowledge is a starting point in which the art sense of someone will arise. By having knowledge, the sense of art will rise naturally.
The last hand of her holds a lotus. This kind of flower symbolizes the holiness of knowledge. As we know, Lotus grows on the mud but the dirty mud does not stain it. This special attribute is used as a symbol of the holiness and honesty. By holding this flower, Saraswati declares that knowledge is holy.
Meanwhile having four hands and holds Genitri, Keropak, Wina, and Lotus, Saraswati is accompanied by two animals. A Peacock and A Swan is always standby beside her. A peacock symbolizes knowledge will give power for those who has it. While a swan symbolizes knowledge will bring wisdom to the world.